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Boys basketball roundup

EBEN — The Rapid River boys put together four solid quarters of basketball Friday night in a 64-45 triumph over the Superior Central Cougars.

Rapid River led 20-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 at halftime of the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“The guys came out with a lot of intensity,” said Rockets’ coach Rich Poma. “It was a good game all the way around. We shared the ball and made the extra pass. This was by far our best game collectively. I thought they played extremely well in the first half. All five guys on the floor played well and it showed and all of our guys put in good minutes. I’m happy with the way we played defense.”

Logan Hardwick led the Rockets (8-1 overall, 7-1 SCC) with 18 points. Lucas Sundling scored 10 points and Tyler Sundling had nine points and six assists.

Joe Heinonen hit 23 points for the Cougars (5-5 overall, 3-4 league), who hit 18-of-65 field goals and committed 10 turnovers.

“He’s long and a real smooth player,” said Poma. “Joe is hard to stop. He’s a very good player.”

Sam Orth grabbed 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who were 25-of-64 from the field and had 14 turnovers.

The Rockets, who also won the jayvee contest 47-46, host Big Bay de Noc Friday. The Cougars host Mid Peninsula Tuesday.

Rapid River 20 13 20 11 — 64

S. Central 6 8 17 14 — 45

Rapid River — L. Sundling 10, T. Sundling 9, Hardwick 18, Wilson 6, LaCasse 2, Olson 4, Lundquist 3, Gustafson 2, Demers 4, Orth 6. FT: 5-14; F: 6; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 2, Hardwick 2, Lundquist.

Superior Central — Krysiak 2, Heinonen 23, Rondeau 3, Fink 6, Charlebois 2, Santure 3, Kulik 2, Hemminger 2, Johns 2. FT: 5-8; F: 7; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Heinonen 2, Rondeau, Santure.

Carney-Nadeau 56,

Forest Park 53

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Carney-Nadeau boys seized the momentum in the third quarter, then hung on for a 56-53 basketball victory over the Forest Park Trojans Friday night.

Carney trailed 25-18 at halftime, but led 40-33 after the third stanza of the Skyline Central Conference match-up.

“In the first half, we really struggled from the floor,” said Carney coach Jake Polfus. “We came out with more energy in the second half. It’s nice to see we picked it up. The third quarter was a game-changer for us. They took it to us in the first half. I’m glad we responded the way we did.”

Preston Lauscher led the Wolves (7-3 overall, 3-3 SCC) with 26 points and nine rebounds. Beau Koffman had 12 points.

“Preston kept us in the ball game, then he stepped up his energy in the second half,” said Polfus. “He had 13 of our points in the first half.”

Josh Logan paced the Trojans (6-5 overall, 3-3 league) with 19 points. Riley Hendrickson finished with 16.

Carney sank 16-of-47 field goals and committed 11 turnovers, including eight in the first half.

“It’s a tough place to play,” said Polfus. “They’re physical and they pressured hard. This was a good game for us to be in and learn from. We cleaned things up in the second half.”

The Wolves, who dropped the jayvee game, host fourth-ranked North Central Tuesday on Cancer Awareness Night. Forest Park hosts Stephenson Tuesday.

Carney-Nadeau 7 11 22 15 — 56

Forest Park 9 16 8 20 — 53

Carney-Nadeau — Koffman 12, Lauscher 26, LaFord 6, Kleiman 4, Linder 4, Kirschner 4. FT: 20-28; F: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Koffman, LaFord, Linder, Kirschner.

Forest Park — Bortolini 4, Hendrickson 16, Nylund 5, Josh Logan 19, Jonah Logan 9. FT: 2-8: F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Hendrickson 4, Josh Logan 2, Nylund.

Negaunee 68, Manistique 30

MANISTIQUE — A shorthanded Manistique boys’ team had trouble keeping up with Negaunee Friday night and dropped a 68-30 basketball decision to the Miners.

The Emeralds trailed 24-11 after the first quarter and 44-13 at halftime of the Mid-Peninsula Conference affair.

“Having only five guys dressed didn’t help,” said Emeralds’ coach Ed Marietti. “They pressed us the first quarter and a half and we didn’t handle it at all. We knew it was coming and that’s the disappointing part.”

Sophomore point guard Jason Waterman led the Miners (5-5 overall, 3-2 M-PC) with 18 points. Jake Ennett added 14 and Jakson Sager had 11. Kanton Lauzon scored 12 and Schyler Andersen had 11 for the Emeralds (2-11 overall, 0-7 league).

Negaunee held a 40-15 rebounding advantage, with Theo Kumpula leading the way with nine.

The Miners sank 25-of-51 field goals. The Emeralds were 12-of-32 from the floor and had 20 turnovers.

“They were hitting their shots on the corners,” said Marietti. “They moved the ball well and we didn’t move it very well. They’re quick and we weren’t quick with them.”

The Emeralds, who also dropped the jayvee contest 63-52, travel to Gwinn Tuesday. Negaunee hosts the Modeltowners Thursday.

Negaunee 24 20 15 9 — 68

Manistique 11 2 7 10 — 30

Negaunee — Sager 11, Ennett 14, Waterman 18, Skewis 3, DuShane 2, Mattson 3, Larson 4, Erva 4, Hintsala 3, Nelson 6. FT: 9-22; F: 5; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Ennett 3, Nelson 2, Sager, Waterman, Skewis.

Manistique — Jenerou 3, Lauzon 12, Andersen 11, Smith 4. FT: 3-5; F: 14; 3-point field goals: Andersen 2, Lauzon.

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